Friday, February 20, 2009

Oscar Nominees: The Extreme Long Shot

Title: The Garden
Director: Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Awards already won: Grand Jury Prize at Silverdocs Documentary Festival

Summary: In the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, a fourteen-acre expanse of city-owned land in a South Central neighborhood was developed by local residents into one of the country's largest community gardens. In 2003, the tract was sold back to its original owner, whose plans to develop it prompted area residents to organize in an attempt to stop efforts to oust them from the land (From the Oscars website).

Personal Hype: Scott Hamilton Kennedy receives an Oscar nomination for his second ever feature length documentary, not a bad follow up to his hit OT: Our Town. The Garden looks like a step up from his previous work and could very well be in the same mold as Street Fight (a personal favorite of mine). However, it just doesn’t seem to bring anything unique to the table, so I don't see it winning.

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